WORD ORIGIN adjective protected from a disease or the like, as by inoculation. of or relating to the production of antibodies or lymphocytes that can react with a specific antigen: immune reaction. exempt or protected: immune from punishment. not responsive or susceptible: immune to new ideas. Origin of immune 1400–50; late Middle English
exempt, equivalent to
im- im- 2
common Related forms hy·per·im·mune, adjective non·im·mune, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hyperimmune adjective protected against a specific disease by inoculation or as the result of innate or acquired resistance relating to or conferring immunity an immune body See antibody ( usually postpositive foll by to) unsusceptible (to) or secure (against) immune to inflation exempt from obligation, penalty, etc noun an immune person or animal Word Origin for immune
C15: from Latin
immūnis exempt from a public service, from im- (not) + mūnus duty
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Word Origin and History for hyperimmune adj.
mid-15c., "free; exempt," back-formation from
immunity. Cf. Latin immunis "exempt from public service, free from taxes." Specific modern medical sense of "exempt from a disease" (typically because of inoculation) is from 1881. Immune system attested by 1917.
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adj. Of, relating to, or having resistance to infection by a specific pathogen. Relating to the mechanism of sensitization in which the reactivity is so altered by previous contact with an antigen that the responsive tissues respond quickly upon subsequent contact.
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